July 2007

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July 2007 - Target Your Hotspots!

The complete PDF archive of the July 2007 edition of Maximum PC, every article included, every page posted! Download it now!

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Accolade Duet Projection Screen

Your current video projector has a 4:3 aspect ratio, but you’re planning to move up to a high-def model with a 16:9 aspect ratio next year. In the meantime, you need to replace your projection screen, which your two-year-old recently mistook for an artist’s canvas. Quite the pickle, eh?

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Toshiba TDP-FF1AU Video Projector

Toshiba TDP-FF1AU Video Projector lights up dark rooms.

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CyberLink PowerDirector 6

PowerDirector 6’s powerful features are handcuffed by a mildly frustrating interface. Unfortunately, the app just won’t let you easily tweak things, which is strange because the product seems aimed at pleasing the button-mashers.

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Genius HS-04U

The Genius HS-04U plugs into your PC’s USB port, instead of your soundcard’s analog speaker output and mic input, so it bypasses any EAX or OpenAL audio effects that game developers might have painstakingly programmed into the software. What you get instead—after installing a driver—is what Genius calls “Virtual Dolby.”

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Ableton Live 6

You can do so much with Live 6, it’s hard to know exactly where to begin describing this masterful software sequencer. So we’ll start at the top. With just a few clicks of an in-application help system, we were up and running with the program’s Operator add-on, creating notes and beats that sound as though they were pulled straight from a Keith Schofield music video. Awesome.

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Infernal

Infernal is a game more enthralling than a bat out of hell.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

Shiver me timbers! The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles game gets reviewed.